Education on the facts and availability of treatment is essential, considering the severity and spread of acne, as well as its emotional effects on most people who suffer with it. Acne is the most common skin disease and every race, age, and gender is affected by it.
Forty percent of America’s sixty million acne sufferers do nothing to help themselves. In the changing climate of Houston, and nearby communities Friendswood, Clearlake, and Pearland, ranging conditions from arid to humid can leave your skin needing some TLC. Still, many do not perceive acne as a physically threatening illness. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Your skin is your largest organ and part of its function is to protect your body from harmful influences. When it is not healthy, the immune system is weakened causing the body to be more susceptible to infection.
Acne is caused by increased oil production and the accumulation of dead cells on the epidermis which often leads to inflammation and the growth of bacteria. It may appear on the skin in many different forms ranging from multiple blackheads and milia to painful deep underlying cysts. Treatment protocols vary from patient to patient and are customized to address the severity of the condition and skin type.
Here, at The Vitenas Skin Institute we provide treatment for acne which targets its cause as well as treats the symptoms and greatly improves residual scarring. This treatment protocol can include IPL with Levulan, Chemical Peels, Facials, at-home skin care, mineral make-up, and possibly antibiotics. Whether mild or severe, with all of our available treatments there is no reason for anyone to suffer with acne.
Tips to remember:
- Because hands are the most common source of bacteria, remember to keep them off of your face.
- “Popping” a pimple can spread bacteria and cause unnecessary scarring. It’s always best to seek professional expertise.
- Change your pillow case regularly
- Seeking the advice of a medical professional will save you from purchasing ineffective products.
- Sweating accelerates the formation of pimples. There are many clinical and medicinal “pimple pads” you can take with you when you exercise.
- Headbands, helmets, and hats cause breakouts on the forehead and in the hairline.
- Physical and emotional stress is a major cause of acne. Eat well and drink water, get plenty of sleep, and engage in relaxation daily.
To learn more about achieving clear skin at The Vitenas Skin Institute, book a complimentary consult with our Medical Aesthetician today.
Q – What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition caused by clogged pores. Acne, or pimples, may appear as whiteheads, blackheads or cysts.
Q – What causes acne?
Acne may result from an increase in oil production as well as the accumulation of dead skin cells. These factors may cause inflammation and bacteria growth.
Q – What treatment options are available for acne?
There are a variety of treatment options available for acne. Treatment is customized to the individual patient to take into account their skin type and the severity of their acne. Treatment options include IPL with Levulan, chemical peels, facials, at-home skincare, mineral make-up, and sometimes antibiotic therapy. The most effective treatment for acne targets both the causes and symptoms of acne. Acne scarring can also be improved.
Q – What is IPL?
IPL, also known as intense pulsed light, uses broad spectrum light to treat common conditions like sun damage, age spots and rosacea. It is also referred to as LimeLight™ and photorejuvenation. At the Vitenas Skin Institute, we perform IPL using state-of-the-art Cutera technology which provides comfortable, effective treatment with minimal risk and downtime. We also combine IPL with Levulan as an effective alternative to Accutane for the treatment of acne.
Q – What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin to improve the skin texture and treat common conditions like facial blemishes, uneven pigmentation and wrinkles. Chemical peels can also be used to control acne and soften acne scars.
Q – What is a facial?
A facial is a skincare treatment. Facials can help to treat acne because they involve extractions to remove pore blockages and clear the pores of excess oil and cellular debris. Facials may include skin cleansing, masks, steam baths, extraction and massage. Regular facials may help to combat acne, though severe acne may require other treatment.
Q – What is mineral make-up?
While there are many different brands of mineral make-up, most pure mineral cosmetics are free of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, fragrance and other irritants, making them a good choice for individuals with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea and acne. Mineral makeup also does not contain oil and, as such, it will not aggravate skin that is prone to acne.
Q – How can I prevent acne?
If you’re prone to acne, there are many things that you can do to help prevent breakouts. Avoid touching your face with your hands, don’t “pop” pimples, change your pillow case on a regular basis, and take care of yourself by eating well, drinking lots of water, getting sufficient sleep, and relaxing.
Q – How can I learn more about improving my acne?
Our experienced medical aesthetician is happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation to discuss your acne condition and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve clear skin.